ISO 5128, standard for "Representation of human sexes"
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 96 19:43:10 -0800
From: Peter Langston <psl>
Subject: ISO 5128, standard for "Representation of human sexes"
[Aren't standards wonderful? There are so many, I'm glad we have an
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Representation of human sexes
Scope and field of application
The international standard specifies a uniform representation of human sexes
for the interchange of information.
It is intended to
1. reduce the time required to record and/or format the representation of
sexes and transmit them;
2. improve clarity and accuracy of interchange;
3. minimize the amount of human intervention required for communicating the
representation of sexes; and
4. reduce costs.
This international standard does not prescribe file sequences, storage media,
programming languages, or other features of information processing to be used
in its implementation.
This international standard meets the requirements of most applications that
need to code human sexes. It does not provide codes for sexes that may be
required in specific medical or scientific applications or in applications
that need to code sex information for other than human beings.
This international standard does not supplant national standards for coding
sexes that are designed based upon codes derrived from the names of the sexes
in the various languages (for example `M' for `Male' and `F' for `Female' in
the English language.) It provides a numeric code that is independent of
language-derived codes and as such is intended to provide a common basis for
the international exchange of information containing sex data elements.
Representation of sexes
Sex is represented by a one-character numeric code.
The following data items and codes are used:
Not known 0
Not specified 9
The use of this standard and associated codes may be referred to by the
No significance is to be placed on the fact that `Male' is coded `1' and
`Female' is coded `2'. This standard was developed based upon predominant
practice of the countries involved and does not convey any meaning of
importance, ranking or any other basis that could imply discrimination.
© 1996 Peter Langston